I spent a good chunk of my day today at Starco attempting to get caught up on my writing.
I seem to have so many priorities pulling me in so many directions lately and my writing time is definitely suffering as a result. I’ve been on a real reading kick which has taken up a lot of time. I’m trying to really pay attention to the different ways that people write dialogue and how authors keep up the momentum in their stories when their 20,000, 30,000, 50,000 words in and so on. You may be wondering why I would do such a thing. Well, I have my new creative writing group to blame/thank for that!
For my first writing exercise, I had to complete an exercise from a book called Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. It was supposed to be 2-3 pages of writing. Well guess what? I started writing and this character suddenly became very clear to me and I could not write fast enough to get her down on the page. I ended up writing about 8 pages and having to select excerpts from my writing for the exercise. Then we had a work-in-progress meeting this weekend and I’ve been receiving more feedback on the first 10 pages (double-spaced). So far, this has been a great experience and I’m determined to write the rest of this story. I’m really excited about it so far but now it is time to get some more words on the page!
Apart from that, life is going well. Paul and I had a really fun weekend and met some neat new people. We’ve played a variety of card games (Dominion Intrigue, The Resistance and Munchkin Color). We went out to a local mini-golf course/arcade on Saturday night and played the course. Paul and I also played a Star Trek shoot-em-up and I played an old favorite- skee-ball.
This week seems to be whizzing past. I’m trying to figure out what we will do this weekend. It’s nice to have at least one fun activity to do and I’m not short of opportunities to do fun stuff around here. Next weekend we are going to see the Round Rock Express play. There’s even going to be fireworks! I got the offer via Groupon and I just couldn’t resist. Especially since they are playing the… Albuquerque Isotopes!